ST. PAUL, Minnesota (WXOW) - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is advising consumers to avoid consuming Autumnwood Farm brand Skim Milk sold in one-half gallon glass bottles with a sell-by date of 6/24/2013 after a routine inspection by MDA staff found the product had not been properly pasteurized.
Autumnwood Farm, located in Forest Lake, MN, is contacting retail stores and restaurants and voluntarily recalling the product. Customers who have the skim milk product at home should return it to the store from which they purchased it. Autumnwood Farm reports that about 500 one-half gallons of product were produced with the 6/24/2013 sell-by date, which is located on the cap of the glass bottle. The product is distributed primarily in the Twin Cities metro area by Autumnwood Farm. No illnesses have been linked to this product.
Pasteurization is the process of heating milk for a set period of time to a set temperature to kill bacteria. By heating the milk, bacteria that can cause human illnesses are killed or inactivated. Pasteurization has been used for decades to kill bacteria when milk is processed for bottling or the production of other dairy products.
Inspectors will be verifying that this product has been removed from the marketplace.
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